The Family Crucible book

The paper should address three main points –

Identify and relate concepts to personal and professional experiences, if possible. For example, in discussing the concept of triangles, relate it to a time when you were involved in a triangle.

Describe personal reactions to the book. You might describe how you reacted to different family members or how you may have reacted should you have been in the position of Napier or Whitaker.

What did you learn from the techniques and strategies used that adds to your development as a therapist/educator?


– The main theories used are experiential while using symbolic-experiential approaches. There is some Structural and Bowen on there as well

– Some of the patterns discussed are triangulation, diffusion of identity, and polarization

– Based on personal reactions to the book and how you relate to the concepts